Posted by Stormbeard at 6:07 AM
Found this on an otherwise unpromising blog today, a rare self-titled psychedelic album from 1968. If you like the first few Floyd albums (you know, when Barret was around), then you'll love it. Unfortunately the band only produced the one album, as they gathered no hype around them.
Romantic Gorilla sound exactly how their cover art looks on this, their self-titled debut. Not a great fan of thrash or punk, I've got to admit I really enjoy this, which LastFM classifies as a Davey-validating 'powerviolence'. Screw genre though, this is just awesome fun. For fans of Melt Banana, as Romantic Gorilla have about the same attention span.
Click on the album cover for mediafire download.
And now the second! Thank you, Davey!
For Lush's first proper full-length, the band opted to work again with Robin Guthrie. Though generally delightful, Spooky suffers from being bottlenecked into a dream-drift haze that isn't as convincing as the ones concocted by the likes of My Bloody Valentine and A.R. Kane. On paper the Guthrie/Lush collaboration seems like a match made in heaven; however, this lacks a punch and balance that begins to frustrate by the latter half. Whatever dynamics Lush appear to be capable of are rendered limp by Guthrie's sonic razing. Saving the record from being buried is a batch of quality songs. Despite its faults, it's more hit than miss. It's easy to criticize the lack of drive, but the drifting nature is rapturous in spots. Regardless, the draftiness is relied upon too often.
The three singles released from the LP ("Nothing Natural," "For Love," and "Superblast!") showcase the aggressive side, if only through a relative nature. As with much of the band's early material, guitars dart and veer all over hell's half acre -- just as you hear a gentle strum in one ear, another guitar whisks by like an overhead jet, only to be grounded to a halt by a swollen jolt from some netherworld. If stripped of its myriad effects, "For Love" would sound like a top-rate Go-Betweens song, filled with lovely jangles and smart songwriting. Closer "Monochrome" is a melancholy ballad whose cousin is Catherine Wheel's "Black Metallic." Beneath all the swooning and swaying, it almost suckers you into missing the cheesy "dum-dum-dum" drum lead-in to the choruses, airlifted out of your least favorite Top 40 schlock ballad circa '86. Those devils!Review Courtesy Of AllMusic.Com